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Adult Education in the American Experience: From the Colonial Period to the Present


reviewed by Rae W. Rohfeld 1996

coverTitle: Adult Education in the American Experience: From the Colonial Period to the Present
Author(s): Harold Stubblefield, Patrick Keane
Publisher: Jossey-Bass Publishers, San Francisco
ISBN: 0787900257, Pages: 397, Year: 1994
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 The authors have tried to fill a noticeable gap in the literature of adult education with this historical survey of educative activities for adults in America. Earlier histories by M. S. Knowles (1977), H. C. Grattan (1971), and J. T. Adams (1944) were limited in their definition of the field, lacked inclusiveness, and were dated in perspective. This book provides a wealth of descriptive information about ways adults have pursued their education. However, we still await a history with a strong conceptual base that both reflects our understanding of what adult education means and, simultaneously, contributes to the development of that meaning. The wide range of activities discussed is the striking feature of the volume. The authors relate numerous means of learning, formal and informal, as they became activities through which people or organizations sought to meet their goals. Defining adult education has frequently been a challenge, and it has often been difficult to see what is not included. The authors tell us that to identify what is... (preview truncated at 150 words.)


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Cite This Article as: Teachers College Record Volume 98 Number 1, 1996, p. 184-186
http://www.tcrecord.org ID Number: 9650, Date Accessed: 12/14/2017 4:59:22 AM

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